The Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) collaborates with higher education administrators to ensure a positive campus climate in which Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identity and values, free of antisemitism, harassment, or marginalization. We recognize that key administrative leaders play an essential role in effecting broad-based educational and policy change on campus, and that university-Hillel partnerships can catalyze positive changes that benefit Jewish students and all students. The CCI model involves partnership between the college or university administration, local Hillel, and the CCI team. To date, 40 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada have participated in the Campus Climate Initiative, including Cohort 3, which was announced in September 2022.
Is your campus community seeking to understand and effectively address antisemitism? Are you dealing with student issues arising from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Are you interested in exploring ways your institution can support Jewish students within the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion work?
The Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) provides college and university administrators with opportunities to seriously explore these topics — and create meaningful action plans — alongside a community of peers from institutions around North America. This collaborative, educational, and practical experience offers administrators on participating campuses, in partnership with their local Hillel professionals, to engage together with us in:
- Gathering, assessing, and utilizing data to better understand the current climate for Jewish students in their campus community and to inform strategic next steps
- Training and empowering university administration and staff to better understand the needs of Jewish students, the diversity of the Jewish community, and the challenges of campus antisemitism
- Creating and adopting best practice policies, procedures, and programs to address antisemitism and foster a positive campus climate for Jewish students and all students
Antisemitic incidents on college and university campuses represent a threat to our values and our ability to create communities that respect the fundamental dignity and human rights of all members. Addressing them challenges us to take a hard look at difficult questions affecting our campus climates and our society more broadly.Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University
As part of the cohort experience, participating campuses will:
- Build a coalition to address antisemitism
- Attend and participate in learning sessions with peers from around North America
- Engage in campus-specific work to implement data-informed action steps to foster a positive, inclusive, and welcoming campus climate for Jewish students and all students.
Higher education institutions are encouraged to apply for the fourth cohort. Applications will open in early 2023. For more information, contact [email protected].
The workshops, trainings, resources and support have been invaluable to us as an institution. We are particularly appreciative of the cohort model as we get to learn from, and share with, our peers.Tiffenia D. Archie, Ph.D. Associate Vice President & Chief Inclusion Officer, Temple University
43% of Jewish students in the U.S. report having experienced or witnessed antisemitism on their campus
Antisemitic incidents on U.S. campuses have tripled over the past five years. Hillel-ADL survey
Forty colleges and universities have participated in the Campus Climate Initiative.
College of Staten Island
John Carroll University
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
San Francisco State University
The City College of New York
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Case Western Reserve University
Florida Atlantic University
Kennesaw State University
New York University
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Stony Brook University
University of Connecticut
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin System
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)